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Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 00:22:39 +0000
From: nicholas Flanders (via carolinaleps Mailing List) <carolinaleps...>
Subject: Washington Co., NC butterflies, 8/29/21

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Hey all, Elisa & I were in the vicinity of Pettigrew SP north of Lake Phelps in Washington Co., NC from mid-morning to mid-afternoon yesterday with continuing hot, sunny, & dry conditions as others have described elsewhere in the state and as we have experienced in southeastern VA too.

We had a couple of goals, two of which were not butterfly-focused (although we picked up some butterflies at both locations): take the kids back to the Davenport Homestead historical site off Mt. Tabor Rd. and give them a spin in a kayak on the Scuppernong River east of Creswell. I have also been thinking for some time about checking a powerline north of US-64 where I remembered Floyd & Signa Williams finding a Twin-spot Skipper on the Pettigrew Butterfly Count a few years ago, so with their help on the location I finally made it there.

And yes, the day was punctuated with nostalgia about that butterfly count, especially when hanging out at the Spruill Bridge Rd. boat ramp where the tally had taken place the past several years that we participated. BUT, while I feel like we did OK diversity-wise (with the exception of grass skippers, and no Sootywing despite checking places we used to get them, ouch) cherry-picking a few spots where we have had luck on previous counts, there was not much flying in between stops, and as evidenced by our list, numbers were low for most species, many represented by 1 individual. So, one can certainly understand why the compilers are not holding a count this year; especially worrisome was the lack of nectar along Mail Rte. Rd. where we had good luck on vervain in years past: this year the ditches had been sprayed even more heavily than we remembered. We did not really check the other big field roads parallel and perpendicular to Mail Rte., but worry they would have looked about equally
depauperate in terms of nectar and butterflies.

Anyway, most things on the list were from the aforementioned Davenport Homestead, Spruill Br. boat ramp and the River just down and upstream, a powerline north of US-64 (no luck w/ Twin-spot, but nice to see the habitat), a productive roadside stretch of vervain on Gus Town Rd., the State Park boat ramp behind the park office, and one yard on Old Cherry Rd. with some big patches of zinnias. Almost all nectaring observed was at those zinnias, Decodon at the SP boat ramp, or vervain at the other spots.

Nick Flanders
Portsmouth, VA

Zebra Swallowtail - 2 SP office
Palamedes Swallowtail - 4
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 4
Sleepy Orange - 58
Orange Sulphur - 9
Cloudless Sulphur - 12
Great Purple Hairstreak - 1 Lucked out, it made a quick flight among foliage about 8 ft. high and caught my attention, just downstream of Spruill Bridge boat ramp
Red-banded Hairstreak - 1
Gray Hairstreak - 1
Summer Azure- 8
Eastern Tailed-Blue - 1 Davenport Homestead, at Lespedeza cuneata
Variegated Fritillary - 17
Viceroy - 5
Red-spotted Purple - 3 2 at Davenport Homestead attracted to rotting apples on a tree
Anglewing sp. - 1
American Lady - 1 At zinnias
Red Admiral - 1 Rotting apples at Davenport Homestead again, first one I've seen in a while
Common Buckeye - 9
Pearl Crescent - 2
Silver-spotted Skipper - 39
Fiery Skipper - 7
Clouded Skipper - 2
Least Skipper - 2

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Hey all, Elisa &amp; I were in the vicinity of Pettigrew SP north of Lake Phelps in Washington Co., NC from mid-morning to mid-afternoon yesterday with continuing hot, sunny, &amp; dry conditions as others have described elsewhere in the state and as we have experienced
in southeastern VA too.</div>
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We had a couple of goals, two of which were not butterfly-focused (although we picked up some butterflies at both locations): take the kids back to the Davenport Homestead historical site off Mt. Tabor Rd. and give them a spin in a kayak on the Scuppernong
River east of Creswell. I have also been thinking for some time about checking a powerline north of US-64 where I remembered Floyd &amp; Signa Williams finding a Twin-spot Skipper on the Pettigrew Butterfly Count a few years ago, so with their help on the location
I finally made it there.</div>
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And yes, the day was punctuated with nostalgia about that butterfly count, especially when hanging out at the Spruill Bridge Rd. boat ramp where the tally had taken place the past several years that we participated. BUT, while I feel like we did OK diversity-wise
(with the exception of grass skippers, and no Sootywing despite checking places we used to get them, ouch) cherry-picking a few spots where we have had luck on previous counts, there was not much flying in between stops, and as evidenced by our list, numbers
were low for most species, many represented by 1 individual. So, one can certainly understand why the compilers are not holding a count this year; especially worrisome was the lack of nectar along Mail Rte. Rd. where we had good luck&nbsp;on vervain in years past:
this year the ditches had been sprayed even more heavily than we remembered. We did not really check the other big field roads parallel and perpendicular to Mail Rte., but worry they would have looked about equally depauperate in terms of nectar and butterflies.</div>
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Anyway, most things on the list were from the aforementioned Davenport Homestead, Spruill Br. boat ramp and the River just down and upstream, a powerline north of US-64 (no luck w/ Twin-spot, but nice to see the habitat), a productive roadside stretch of vervain
on Gus Town Rd., the State Park boat ramp behind the park office, and one yard on Old Cherry Rd. with some big patches of zinnias. Almost all nectaring observed was at those zinnias,
<i>Decodon</i> at the SP boat ramp, or vervain at the other spots.</div>
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Nick Flanders</div>
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Portsmouth, VA</div>
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Zebra Swallowtail - 2&nbsp; &nbsp; SP office</div>
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<span style="margin:0px;font-size:12pt">Palamedes Swallowtail - 4</span></div>
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<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;">Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - 4</span></div>
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Sleepy Orange - 58</div>
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<span style="margin:0px;font-size:12pt">Orange Sulphur - 9</span><br>
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Cloudless Sulphur - 12</div>
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<span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Calibri, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;"><span style="margin:0px;font-size:12pt">Great Purple Hairstreak - 1&nbsp; &nbsp; Lucked out, it made a quick flight among foliage about 8 ft. high and caught my attention,
just downstream of Spruill Bridge boat ramp</span>
<div style="margin:0px;font-size:12pt">Red-banded Hairstreak - 1</div>
<span style="margin:0px;font-size:12pt">Gray Hairstreak - 1</span><br>
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Eastern Tailed-Blue - 1&nbsp; &nbsp;Davenport Homestead, at <i>Lespedeza cuneata</i></div>
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<span style="margin:0px;font-size:12pt">Variegated Fritillary - 17</span><br>
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<span style="margin:0px;font-size:12pt">Viceroy - 5</span></div>
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Red-spotted Purple - 3&nbsp; &nbsp;2 at Davenport Homestead attracted to rotting apples on a tree</div>
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Anglewing sp. - 1</div>
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<span style="margin:0px;font-size:12pt">American Lady - 1&nbsp; &nbsp;At zinnias</span><br>
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Red Admiral - 1&nbsp; &nbsp;Rotting apples at Davenport Homestead again, first one I've seen in a while&nbsp; &nbsp;</div>
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Pearl Crescent - 2</div>
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Silver-spotted Skipper - 39</div>
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Fiery Skipper - 7</div>
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Clouded Skipper - 2</div>
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Least Skipper - 2</div>
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